<![CDATA[]]> http://www.naturalhomerugs.com/blog/ Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:35:43 +0000 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[How to Remove Pet Hair From Area Rugs]]> http://www.naturalhomerugs.com/blog/How-to-Remove-Pet-Hair-From-Area-Rugs/ You vacuum your area rugs on a regular basis, and you try your best to keep them clean, but if you have pets, it sure can seem like an uphill battle. Those furry little bundles of joy can wreak serious havoc, like little shedding time bombs filled with love and dander. Sometimes vacuuming alone doesn't do the trick when it comes to eliminating pet hair, so what's a baffled pet lover to do? Take a deep breath, roll up your sleeves, and grab that area rug. We have work to do. How to Remove Pet Hair From Area Rugs

The Rubber Glove Approach

Here's a little known but highly effective secret for pet hair removal. Take a rubber glove or sandal, place it over your hand, and firmly rub the carpet in the direction of the pile. You'll be amazed by how quickly the hair separates from the rug. This handy little trick is also effective for removing pet hair from clothing and blankets.

The Damp Sponge Approach

How to Remove Pet Hair From Area Rugs

Take a damp sponge and gently brush it over the carpet. Make sure not to soak the sponge, as excess water may only make your problems worse (did somebody say mold?). It's best to vacuum the carpet first, and it's also worth noting that this approach works best on low pile rugs. After you have finished with your pet hair removal effort, allow the rug to air dry.

The Baking Soda Approach

This final technique is especially useful if your area rug has become plagued by pet odor. Gently sprinkle baking soda over the rug, let it sit for a few minutes, and then vacuum. The hair will clump together and lift from the rug more readily, along with the baking soda. Your area rug will smell fresh, and your pets will be free to shed again (hey, it's a never-ending job when you love your dogs and cats).

Tips and Tricks

How to Remove Pet Hair From Area Rugs

When vacuuming, try using your thin hose extensions. Not only is this approach much easier on the rug fibers, but it's more effective for targeting pet hair and dander. The more often you vacuum, the easier it will be to remove the pet hair. Finally, remember to brush and otherwise groom your pets often, as this will minimize the accumulation of dander.

Pet Lovers Unite

We love our dogs and cats; they bring us tremendous joy, and a bit of hair is a very small price to pay for the unconditional love that these wonderful animals afford us. Still, we want to keep our décor looking ship shape, and with a bit of elbow grease, we can do just that, pets or no pets. If you're looking for some new eco-friendly area rugs of your very own, check out the wide selection at Natural Home Rugs. Our rugs are sustainable, all-natural and affordable. Get yours today.

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Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:59:51 +0000
<![CDATA[Area Rugs – How Big is Too Big? ]]> http://www.naturalhomerugs.com/blog/Area-Rugs-How-Big-is-Too-Big/ Shopping for area rugs can be a daunting enterprise. It's not about the colors, the patterns, or the materials. These decisions are easy, because you know what appeals to you visually. The real challenge is choosing the ideal size. You explore various dimensions and weigh your options, but even if you take careful measurements, the mystery remains. After all, it's not as simple as finding a rug to fit the room. There are important aesthetic considerations, like how much space to leave for borders. If you're grappling with the complexities of rug size, consider some general guidelines.

Let Your Dining Room Table Be Your Guide

One of our most frequently asked questions pertains to the issue of dining room area rugs. Obviously it's not enough to just measure your dining room table and choose a corresponding rug size. You need room for the chairs as well, and those chairs need room to back up. Here are some general rules of thumb: six chairs will need 8x10; eight chairs will need 9x12; and ten chairs will need 10x14. Of course, these figures may vary according to the size and dimensions of your table.

Area Rugs – How Big is Too Big?

 

Measure According to Your Furniture Arrangement

For living rooms, consider the amount of space taken up by your furniture. For instance, you might measure the rectangular dimensions between your sofa, entertainment center, love seat and chairs – assuming that they're situated in a reasonably rectangular formation. Once you have your measurements, shave a couple of inches off of each side and let that dictate your rug size. By choosing a rug that's slightly smaller than the furniture space, you can effectively create a central focal point, while leaving only the front legs of each piece of furniture on the rug.

Never Cover the Entire Floor

Area Rugs – How Big is Too Big?

The biggest area rug “don't” is to take a wall-to-wall measurement and choose an area rug that fills the entire space. Not only does this look ridiculous, but the whole purpose of the area rug is to create contrast and allow for visual focal points. The last thing you want is an overbearing area rug that covers the entire floor. Always leave a border at the very least.

Natural Home Rugs Can Help

If you're still struggling to determine the ideal size for a new area rug, take a photograph of the room and send it to us. At Natural Home Rugs, we specialize in customization, and we'll be happy to lend our expertise and advise you on how you can bring out the best. We'll even design a custom rug to meet your needs. Email us today, or give us a call at 1-800-601-6062.

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Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:31:39 +0000
<![CDATA[Spruce Up Your Restaurant with Cozy Area Rugs]]> http://www.naturalhomerugs.com/blog/Spruce-Up-Your-Restaurant-with-Cozy-Area-Rugs/ When you think of restaurants, you think of food, laughter and more food. Unless you're the owner of the restaurant. Then you probably think about things like bringing in new customers, balancing the books and avoiding those negative Yelp reviews. But as a restauranteur, have you given much thought to the interior design of your eatery? We've all seen the eclectic dining establishments with moose heads on the walls and vintage celebrity photos plastered from booth to booth, but you really don't need anything so flamboyant to make a good impression with customers. In fact, even a simple area rug can go a long way in sprucing up your interior.

Spruce Up Your Restaurant with Cozy Area Rugs

Restaurant Design for the Modern Age

This is the 21st century. No longer are restaurants restricted to booths, tiled floors and jukeboxes (okay, granted, it's not 1955, either). Many of today's trendy metropolitan eating establishments are equipped with love seats, coffee tables, zebra print chairs, modern art displays, fountains, track lighting, and even beanbag chairs. And let's not forget area rugs. The point is that the tide is changing in terms of restaurant décor. In past generations, restaurants were specifically designed to take you away from the home environment and make you feel like you were in a uniquely social setting designed specifically for dining. But today, many of the hottest restaurants strive to create an elegant home environment right within their walls. And the public can't get enough of it.

Why do restaurant area rugs matter? They provide the establishment with a sense of warmth, openness and sophistication. They're especially great for country kitchens, mountain lodge eateries, local diners and trendy cafes, but any restaurant can benefit from a selection of dazzling area rugs. The trick is choosing the right ones.

 

Finding Your Perfect Rugs

When shopping for restaurant area rugs, there are just a couple of things that you'll want to keep in mind. The first is color. Over the years, restaurants have invested millions of dollars in research to find the best evocative colors to keep customers coming back again and again. As it turns out, reds and blues should be avoided at all costs. The color red is shown to raise heart rate and blood pressure, while blue evokes feelings of thirst but not hunger. Your best colors are neutrals, yellows and greens. 

Spruce Up Your Restaurant with Cozy Area Rugs

Your second consideration is the fiber type. If you have rugs in your restaurant, they're going to see quite a bit of abuse. From spills to ceaseless foot traffic, your rugs will be put to the test. That's why you need to select rugs made from the most durable and stain-resistant natural fibers, such as sisal or seagrass. Natural Home Rugs carries a wide selection of restaurant area rugs that not only look great, but can withstand all that comes their way. Try adding a touch of area rug class to your restaurant, and see how it brightens up your interior. No matter how good your breakfast sausage or filet mignon, you don't want to overlook your aesthetic needs.

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Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:18:25 +0000
<![CDATA[Layering Area Rugs Over Carpet]]> http://www.naturalhomerugs.com/blog/Layering-area-rugs-over-carpet/ Area rugs can add a touch of refinement to just about any home, but when it comes to placing these decorative touches on top of wall-to-wall carpeting, there is quite a bit of debate and controversy. Some people argue that area rugs should be reserved for hard surfaces like wood floors, while others contend that area rugs can flourish in any room. So who is right? Is carpet-on-carpet a disastrous design idea, or just another eclectic touch?

Layering Area Rugs Over Carpet

Find Your Style

Understandably, if you lay your favorite area rug in a room with wall-to-wall carpeting, some people might assume that you're trying to hide something underneath, perhaps a stain that just won't go away. To the solid floor purist, carpet-on-carpet is nothing more than a redundancy and an eyesore. Granted, if you place area rugs in a carpeted room, not everyone is going to like it. However, if you go about it in the right away, you can still make a reasonable impression with even the most hard-nosed interior design enthusiast. It's all a matter of color, style and placement.

For starters, you want to give careful thought to the contrast between your area rug and the flooring beneath. If your primary carpet is a solid color, consider going with a patterned area rug. This will create a pleasing contrast and allow your area rug to serve as a visual focal point, rather than just a rug tossed on top of a rug. Location matters as well. Center your area rug around furniture to create harmony and uniformity.

Layering Area Rugs Over Carpet

You'll also need to consider your texture. There are a number of great natural rug fibers that are as durable as they are aesthetically pleasing: sisal, wool, jute, seagrass. These are just a few worthwhile options to consider. But whatever texture you choose, be sure to go with a thinly cut rug. You don't want to cover your base carpet with a thick, overpowering area rug that draws too much attention to itself. Your area rugs should blend seamlessly into the existing floor.

Finally, consider your own design preferences. People are forever debating tastes and styles, but in your home, you have the privilege of realizing your own decorative dreams. So forget about the naysayers, and organize your rooms in ways that are pleasing to you. Your décor should reflect your personality, so experiment with different area rugs over different surfaces, and find the arrangements that speak to you.  

Update Your Home

If you need some beautiful rug ideas to get you started, check out the inexpensive area rugs at Natual Home Rugs. Not only are they affordable, but they look great, and they're all made from natural, eco-friendly fibers. Wherever you shop, remember that style is all about communicating without words. So find your style today, and communicate it to the world.

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Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:22:38 +0000
<![CDATA[How to Decorate Around Your Area Rugs ]]> http://www.naturalhomerugs.com/blog/How-to-Decorate-Around-Your-Area-Rugs/ Let's turn conventional wisdom on its head for a moment. You don't have to purchase area rugs to suit your interior design. Instead, you can fashion your interior design around your area rugs. Sound crazy? Well, think about it for a second. Area rugs provide a centralized focal point for any given room, and they're far more integral to the overall essence of the room than we give them credit for. So rather than treating them as afterthoughts, let's consider ways in which we might utilize them to their full potential. 

Decorate Around Your Area Rug

A Splash of Paint

Let's start with your walls. I mean, chances are your walls could use a good coat of paint right about now anyway. So how might you be able to decorate your walls in such a way that complements your rugs? Start by observing the color or your rug. If you have a neutral color, you might choose a paint color that closely—but not exactly—matches the color of your rug. The key is to create uniformity while still allowing for a touch of contrast. If you have a bold, dark colored rug, look for the most neutral color available. For instance, a dark red Persian rug may have strands of chestnut or vanilla separating the various patterns.&nbsp

Balance and Harmony

Situate your furniture around the rug. This is the easy part, and it costs nothing. Nevertheless, it's critically important. I mean, your area rug serves a purpose. It's not meant to sit haphazardly in a corner somewhere. In a dining room, it should be centered beneath the main table. In a living room, you might surround it with sofas, love seats and perhaps an entertainment center, with a coffee table right in the middle of all the action. Consider how your area rug will bring the room together.

With that said, don't obsess over symmetry. Yes, your area rugs serve a purpose, but that doesn't mean that everything must be perfectly uniform. For instance, if you have two couches surrounding your area rug, you might situate one with all four legs on the rug, and the other with only two legs on the rug. These subtle touches can go a long way in enhancing the overall appeal of the room. Experiment with different arrangements.

One is Never Enough

Use multiple rugs to separate large rooms. With a variety of area rugs at your disposal, you can really take your interior design to the next level. Just make sure to vary your sizes, because identically sized rugs can actually have the opposite effect, creating an overly simplistic and visually unappealing vibe. Again, you'll want to experiment with different placements to achieve just the right look for your home. Don't be afraid to get creative. If you need ideas for rugs, Natual Home Rugs carries a wide selection of jute, sisal, seagrass and even bamboo area rugs. Check out the selection.

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Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:14:23 +0000
<![CDATA[Uses of an Anti Fatigue Comfort Mat]]> http://www.naturalhomerugs.com/blog/Uses-of-an-Anti-Fatigue-Comfort-Mat/ Your back hurts, your legs are sore, you feel tired. These are all just some of the symptoms of standing on a hard surface all day. Don't think you need an anti fatigue comfort mat? You may want to think again.

Standing on a hard surface causes stress to your feet, legs, and back. Standing for a little while is OK, but when baking cookies, cleaning your garage, or doing multiple loads of laundry, you may need a little added comfort.

At Natural Home Rugs we offer our customers three distinct varieties of anti fatigue comfort mats. Whether you pick the Mastro, the Lanai or the Fiore that is made with 100% premium quality PVC vinyl surface, you'll be getting a comfort mat that is not only sound absorbent and stain resistant, but easy to maintain (detergent and water), and is so durable so it'll last for years on end.

If you're still not convinced think about this:

- Anti fatigue mats like Natural Home Rugs' comfort mats have been shown to increase productivity. So if you're cleaning out the garage you'll get it done faster.

- Anti fatigue mats also give you more energy. That means you won't be winded after making a five course meal, you will have the energy to walk it off with an evening stroll around the neighborhood instead of crashing on the couch because you're too tired to do anything else.

- And finally, after a few uses you will realize that those aches and pains in your back due to standing on cement, hardwood floors, and tile have subsided. Your feet don't hurt nearly as much and your legs don't ache. 

You have nothing to lose when purchasing an Anti Fatigue Comfort Mats from Natural Home Rugs. With free shipping, and a 30 day return policy, you'll love your new mat, and if not, simply return it. 

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Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:01:02 +0000
<![CDATA[How to Modernize Your Living Space with Sisal Rugs ]]> http://www.naturalhomerugs.com/blog/How-to-Modernize-Your-Living-Space-with-Sisal-Rugs/ How to Modernize Your Living Space with Sisal Rugs

Sisal rugs have been around since the 1960s, but no carpet is better poised to turn your dull living space into a modern spectacle of interior design. It's simple and yet complex, extremely uniform but highly customizable, understated and yet capable of bringing an entire room together in ways you have never imagined. If you haven't given any thought to the wonders of sisal rugs, consider how they can add a vibrant touch of class to any home.

The Key Benefits of Sisal Area Rugs  

  • - Sisal rugs are completely natural, with fibers derived from a specialized form of agave. If you're looking for a chemical-free, eco-friendly alternative to your typical area rug, sisal is the way to go. When shopping, just make sure to buy from a reputable dealer who specializes in natural, sustainable carpeting. Even sisal can be deemed environmentally disastrous if woven through an irresponsible manufacturing process.
  • - Sisal is just about the most attractive carpeting you will find. The fibers are delicately woven together for an overall presentation that is uniform, symmetrical and almost hypnotic. But not all sisal rugs are created equal. Depending on your personal style, you can opt for a variety of gorgeous patterns and colors. 
  • - Due to the extremely dense weaving, these rugs are also extremely durable, easily capable of withstanding day-to-day foot traffic and abuse for years on end.

How to Modernize Your Living Space with Sisal Rugs

 Modernizing Your Home with Sisal Rugs

If your interior is starting to look a little outdated or just bland, you can easily spruce up the area with a sisal makeover. The first step is the most important: start shopping!

Simply by bringing sisal area rugs into your home, you're already donning your floors with a valuable touch of modern sophistication, because you're introducing a style that's not only aesthetically pleasing, but also pleasing to the environment. And while the green movement is certainly trendy at the moment, we hope that this is one trend that will never, ever go out of style, but will only continue to catch on like wildfire. Here are some other simple tips for modernizing your home with sisal: 

  • - Opt for bright colors like beige and ivory. Colors like these are warm, inviting, and even mood altering. There is one exception to this rule: If you have pets who shed, you may want to consider slightly darker colors, in order to more effectively mask the stray hairs that accumulate.
  • - Purchase a rug that's large enough to cover all of the furniture, without covering the entire floor. The flooring underneath should still be visible, at least along the perimeter of a small room.
  • Got a larger room? Use multiple area rugs of varying styles and colors to distinguish different sections of the room.
  • - Think complementary colors. Your sisal rug doesn't need to match the colors of your walls and décor, but it does need to blend nicely with those colors. So when comparing your options, always keeps the big picture in mind.

So if you're ready for a simple but profound homemaker, check out the infinite possibilities of sisal. This is one style that you'll be proud to call your own! 

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Tue, 04 Mar 2014 18:45:24 +0000
<![CDATA[How to Decorate a Modern Living Room]]> http://www.naturalhomerugs.com/blog/How-to-Decorate-a-Modern-Living-Room/ Home décor has many facets, but it all comes together in the living room. This is where you greet and entertain guests, and for many, it provides the first impression of a home. As a result, you want to ensure that your living room reflects the best of your interior design prowess. We have good news for you. Even if you don't consider yourself to be the most design-oriented, you can create an awesome living room with just a few simple tips and considerations. Here are our top recommendations.

Consider the Visual Focal Points

When it comes to any décor project, you want to keep the essentials at the top of your list. You're going to need—at the very least—a stylish sofa, a coffee table, and a bit of artwork to adorn your walls. These touches alone will go a long way in bringing the room together. When it comes to modern sofas, solid colors are best. Avoid bold patterns unless you're absolutely certain of what you're doing.

 How to Decorate a Modern Living Room

Color Your Walls with Caution

Wallpaper is so yesterday, but there's still a place for it as long as you don't make it a visual eyesore. If you just can't bear to paint those barren walls, choose wallpaper wisely. Vertical stripes and flowery arrangements were once all the rage, but this isn't 1977, and so we're going to apply the same rule that we applied to your sofa. Stick with solid colors for best results, or add a bit of personality with subtle textures and gradients. The key is to create the right atmosphere without drawing too much attention to the walls. Remember, less is more.

Add Plenty of Personal Touches

How to Decorate a Modern Living Room

Flowers, potted plants, candles, decorative clocks...these are just some of the items that you can use to add a touch of personality to your living room. Choose wisely, and let your accessories serve as a reflection of both your personality and the mood you're trying to create. If you're wild about the sea, you might want to adorn your living room with a ship in a bottle. If you're addicted to citrus fragrances, purchase some fine scented candles. This is where you can really get creative.

Don't Forget the Area Rugs

We probably should have included this in tip #1 (the visual focal points), but it deserves a section of its very own. Area rugs not only look great, but they really do bring the room together, and it's so critically important to choose the right area rugs when decorating a living room. Neutral colors are also a safe bet, perhaps adorned with subtle floral patterns, but there's something to be said for the traditional Persian and Asian varieties as well. Check out the selection at NaturalHomeRugs.com, and see just how affordable beautiful area rugs can be.

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Mon, 24 Feb 2014 19:58:33 +0000
<![CDATA[Tips for Chunky Textured Rugs]]> http://www.naturalhomerugs.com/blog/Tips-for-Chunky-Textured-Rugs/ If you check Etsy regularly, chances are that you already know that chunky and rich textured rugs are popular these days. These unique and perfectly crafted rugs are made with a variety of textures inspired by chunky knits and other techniques such as needlepoint and hooking. If you are planning to buy one of these nubby knits, lush shags or natural fiber rugs, here are a few things that you must consider.

Tips for Chunky Textured Rugs Tips for Chunky Textured Rugs

Match the Rug with the Settings

Even though a richly textured rug will add depth to almost any space, there are a few things that you must keep in mind. For example, if you have a sleek and monochromatic setting, the best rug to opt for would be a handmade, braided or woven rug that can add an unexpected tactile element to the entire room. On the other hand, if the room is colorful or boldly patterned, you may want to consider a neutral colored shag rug with a subtle texture that gives the entire room a soft and grounded effect.

Use Chunky Rugs for Low Traffic Areas

Because a lot of vacuuming can pull the fibers out of your shag rugs, it would be best to use them in low traffic areas in your house. For instance, if you only enter your room for the night only and don’t expect a lot of people to go in, you can enhance it with a chunky textured rug.

Tips for Chunky Textured Rugs Tips for Chunky Textured Rugs

Be Gentle While Cleaning

While vacuuming or cleaning the rug, be very gentle. Also, don’t attempt to rub or scratch your rug or else the sensitive loops and fibers may come apart. That aside, if you ever need to spot clean natural fiber rugs made of sea grass, sisal or jute, remember designer and HGTV host Vern Yip’s advice: "Blot, don't rub, to avoid fraying."

Think About Your Pets

One of the most important things that you need to remember is to stay away from looped or needlepoint rugs if you have pets such as cats or dogs in your house. Your pets will love digging their claws into the loops, which will rip your new carpet in no time. So instead of regretting why you ever bough such a rug, think about your pets and choose an option that is best for you and them.

Getting these chunky textured rugs will surely make any room come alive. Yet to ensure that these rugs last and look good in any room at your home, follow the tips mentioned here.

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Thu, 06 Feb 2014 19:07:10 +0000
<![CDATA[4 Unconventional but Stylish Area Rug Ideas]]> http://www.naturalhomerugs.com/blog/4-Unconventional-but-Stylish-Area-Rug-Ideas/ Throughout the ages, few decorative touches have remained so consistent as area rugs. Housing materials have changed dramatically, architectural styles have undergone myriad cultural shifts, furniture has become infinitely more sleek and sophisticated, but area rugs are still just area rugs. In fact, some of the most popular Persian rugs of today are nearly identical to the types used centuries ago in civilizations long abandoned. As you can imagine, it isn't easy coming up with creative new ideas for rugs, but that doesn't mean you need to stick with the conventional. Here are just a few inventive ideas that you might incorporate into your own décor.

4 Unconventional but Stylish Area Rug Ideas

 

 Don't Fear the Carpet

Traditional interior design dictates that area rugs should be reserved for hard flooring: wood, laminate, stone. To place an area rug on top of carpeting is sheer blasphemy...or is it? Actually, if executed correctly, area rugs can look absolutely stunning on a carpeted floor. The trick is to place your area rugs over neutral-colored carpets, and to choose complementary colors. With careful attention to detail, your area rugs will appear as though they were made for the carpeted flooring underneath.

 Use Area Rugs as Wall Tapestries

4 Unconventional but Stylish Area Rug Ideas

Believe it or not, area rugs make excellent wall decorations, and they're especially beneficial for the home decorator on a budget. It might sound radical at first, but there are actually myriad benefits to doing this. They create a visual focal point, they absorb sound, they make for excellent conversation pieces, and they provide instant class and individuality to your home décor. Try it, and see how it raises the interior appeal of your home.

 Stop Obsessing Over Symmetry

When it comes to area rugs, it's understandable that we would focus our energies on achieving the perfect positioning. The rug must be meticulously centered beneath the dining room table, evenly distributed between the furniture, or perfectly situated beneath the bed. And while there's definitely something to be said for uniformity (the rug does bring the room together), it's also okay to experiment with off-center arrangements. Try exploring different rug placements, and see how you can create an essence that's new and unique.

 Layer Your Rugs

4 Unconventional but Stylish Area Rug Ideas

Layering is the process of placing one area rug over a slightly larger area rug, giving the appearance of added dimension and contrast. Because who says you need just one area rug? Layering is a great way to modernize your home while still using classic materials. Natural Home Rugs carries a wide selection of stylish area rugs for every occasion, personality, and sensibility. Check out the inventory, and explore new ways to make this age-old decorative touch your very own.

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Thu, 30 Jan 2014 20:17:29 +0000